Places to stay in Crete

Choosing the locations to stay in Crete is definitely essential in order to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Here is a guide to select the most suitable locations for your stay.
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As Crete is the most populous of the Greek islands and one of the country’s main tourist destinations, it is important to carefully select where to stay during your trip. The island has a unique historical and archaeological heritage combined with heavenly beaches with crystal clear sea.

Crete is divided into four provinces, Chania, Rethymno,Heraklion, Lassithi, and the advice is to rent a car to be able to see the most beautiful beaches and main attractions with more ease. But, whether you rent a car or rely on public transport, choosing the right accommodation also means saving time in transfers between different locations.

Some areas of the island (generally in the north-western part) have accommodation facilities and establishments well organized to receive tourists, while others (generally in the eastern part) are areas still little touristy where there are authentic villages, small taverns and free beaches.

The choice of accommodation also depends on the type of vacation you want to do: do you like free beaches or equipped ones? Do you love beach parties or do you want to relax and tranquility? Here is an article that will help you to choose the most suitable accommodation for you according to your needs.


The old port of Chania

Chania is certainly one of the most famous cities where to sleep in Crete, thanks to its characteristic historical center and its location not far from the airport and from famous beaches. The city bears the signs of all the major civilizations that have made the history of Greece, such as Venetians and Turks and among the narrow streets of its center you can find an ancient and traditional atmosphere.

Chania also has the advantage of not being too far from renowned beaches, such as: Falasarna, Balos, Elafonissi, Stavros and Marathi. Thanks to these characteristics it is often a very crowded place in summer, so the advice is to book an accommodation well in advance.

Recommended Hotels in Chania

1 Royal Sun
Chania Town - G. Paizi 36Extra sanitary measures
9.1,0Superb 1.667 reviews
Featuring a restaurant and a pool with sun terrace amidst its palm-tree garden, Royal Sun lies within 3 km from the centre of Chania Town. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea and the town.
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2 Kydon The Heart City Hotel
Chania Town - Sofoklis Venizelos Square & 2, Str. TzanakakiExtra sanitary measures
9.2,0Superb 748 reviews
Located in the centre of Chania, Kydon Hotel is opposite of the main market hall and just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. Meeting facilities and free WiFi in all areas are provided.
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3 Irida Hotel
Chania Town - El.Venizelou & 8is DekemvriouExtra sanitary measures
8.9,0Fabulous 725 reviews
Irida Hotel is situated near the cosmopolitan Koum Kapi area, on the promenade leading to Chania's centre and overlooks the sea. It has free Wi-Fi access and offers buffet breakfast and private parking.
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The lagoon of Balos, near Kissamos

Kissamos is located about 40 km from Chania, and is a town where you can find accommodation cheaper than the capital. Here you will find excellent restaurants, a lively nightlife and the best beaches of the island nearby: a winning combination to say the least.

Kissamos is the ideal location as a base to reach all the most famous beaches of the province of Chania, such as: Balos, Elafonissi, Falassarna.

Recommended Hotels in Kissamos

4 Christina Beach Hotel
Kissamos - Beach Road of Kissamos
8.9,0Fabulous 1.069 reviews
Christina Beach Hotel features spacious accommodation with sea views, located at the seafront of Kissamos Town. Guests are offered free WiFi in all areas, a swimming pool and a pool bar.
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5 Aphrodite Beach
Kissamos - 49 Agamemnonos StreetExtra sanitary measures
9,0Superb 800 reviews
Aphrodite Beach Hotel is located on the sandy beach of Mavros Molos in Kissamos. It features a swimming pool, umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach and offers free WiFi throughout.
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6 Nautilus Bay Hotel
Kissamos - Plaka Beach, Kastelli
8.8,0Fabulous 608 reviews
With an outdoor pool and a sun terrace, the contemporary Nautilus Bay Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Kissamos on the sandy beach of Plaka. It features bright, spacious apartments with a furnished balcony and large windows overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Cretan mountains.
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The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

If you have come to Crete not only for the sea but because you are lovers of history and archeology, Heraklion it is definitely one of the best places to stay.

Here you will find the beautiful Archaeological Museum which houses one of the largest collections of Minoan art and, near the city, some of the most famous archaeological sites: Phaestos, Malia and Knossos, the ancient city famous for the legend of the Minotaur.

The city also hosts the island’s main international airport and also a port that has connections both to mainland Greece and to other islands such as Santorini and Mykonos. Being the capital of the island and an important tourist center, Heraklion, is a city with a wide choice of accommodations and facilities, but also with several bars and clubs for those who enjoy the nightlife.

Recommended Hotels in Heraklion

7 Infinity City Boutique Hotel
Heraklio Town - ARIADNIS 9Extra sanitary measures
8.7,0Fabulous 3.359 reviews
Located in Heraklio Town, 200 metres from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the family-run Infinity City Boutique Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms have modern, minimalist-style decor and include a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
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8 Sofia Hotel
Heraklio Town - Stadiou 57Extra sanitary measures
8,0Very good 2.961 reviews
Less than 5 minutes' bus ride from Heraklion centre in Crete, Sofia hotel offers a seasonal swimming pool and a seasonal restaurant. It serves breakfast and features rooms with free WiFi and a balcony.
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9 Athinaiko Hotel
Heraklio Town - Leof. Eth. Antistaseos 89Extra sanitary measures
8.6,0Fabulous 2.756 reviews
Athinaiko Hotel occupies a central position in the heart of Heraklion, just a short stroll from the port and offers comfortable, en suite rooms. This friendly hotel offers a total of 40 comfortable and neatly decorated guest rooms.
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Hersonissos is a small town not far from the airport of Heraklion that proves to be the ideal destination for those seeking a vacation full of fun and parties until late at night. In summer the city fills up with young people who after sunset animate the center full of clubs, pubs and discos.

In the vicinity of the center of Hersonissos, however, in addition to beautiful beaches there are also attractions suitable for families and children such as: the Star Beach, a water park facing the sea, Labyrinth Park a Greek mythological theme park with maze, mini golf, archery and other attractions and the Aquaworld Aquarium.

Recommended Hotels in Hersonissos

10 Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa
Hersonissos - Dedalou 9, Limenas HersonissouExtra sanitary measures
8.5,0Fabulous 2.171 reviews
Offering the main outdoor swimming pool, pool bar and two restaurants, Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa is settled just a breath above the “Blue Flag” awarded beach of Hersonissos. The bright and spacious air conditioned rooms feature a stylish white-blue decor and large windows.
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11 Creta Maris Beach Resort
Hersonissos - HersonissosExtra sanitary measures
9,0Superb 1.091 reviews
Overlooking the Blue Flag Hersonissos Beach, the all-inclusive Creta Maris Beach Resort combines a Cretan hospitality and green-oriented environment with exclusive 5-star services. There are 6 outdoor and 1 heated indoor swimming pools, 6 children's swimming pools, a waterpark, an open-air cinema, various sports facilities including a water sports and diving centre, a fitness center and a children's playground.
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12 Star Beach Village & Water Park
Hersonissos - Themistokleous 3Extra sanitary measures
8.3,0Very good 1.062 reviews
Just 50 metres from the sandy beach and the port in Hersonissos, the Star Beach Village features a spacious pool complex with water slides, a children’s playground and free on-site parking facilities. This exciting complex offers spacious accommodation with spectacular sea views.
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A stretch of beach in Malia

Considered the most festive city of Crete, Malia it is a locality located about 35 km east of Heraklion suitable for lovers of nightlife and entertainment. From a small agricultural village, the town has developed to become one of the most famous cities of Crete for beach parties animated by famous DJs. Here you can find accommodation at different price ranges even in apartments and small studios.

Our recommended hotels in Malia

13 Drossia Palms Hotel and Nisos Beach Suites
Malia - Dimokratias St.Extra sanitary measures
9,0Superb 850 reviews
Drossia Palms Hotel and Nisos Beach Suites is a beautiful complex set amidst delightful gardens with palm trees and located 150 metres from the Malia beach. It consists of 2 separate buildings and features a private beach area with sun loungers and umbrellas.
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14 Parthenis Beach, Suites by the Sea
Malia - Nik. Grammatikakis StreetExtra sanitary measures
9.1,0Superb 569 reviews
Parthenis Beach is situated on the beach front in Malia. All suites have a balcony, with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.
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15 Silver Sun Studios & Apartments
Malia - Minoos StreetExtra sanitary measures
8.5,0Fabulous 397 reviews
Situated right on the beach of Malia, Silver Sun Hotel features a swimming pool and poolside bar. It features self-catered accommodation with a balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea.
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Considered one of the most “in” cities of Crete, Elounda is a resort that combines luxury accommodation, relaxation and beautiful natural scenery. This town is often chosen as a destination by VIP couples or wealthy families looking for a stay of comfort and tranquility without budget problems.

Here you can find lavish apartments or houses with private pools and beaches, or luxurious hotels with all the amenities. Elounda is located about an hour’s drive from the capital Heraklion, and is considered together with Sitia one of the best cities to explore the eastern part of the island.

Recommended Hotels in Elounda

16 Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel
Elounda - Elounda, LasithiExtra sanitary measures
9.2,0Superb 1.003 reviews
Located right on the beach in Elounda, Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel features a swimming pool with a spacious sun terrace and sun loungers. A restaurant and a bar are also available, while WiFi is offered in all areas.
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17 Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete
Elounda - PlakaExtra sanitary measures
9.1,0Superb 548 reviews
Set on Elounda coast, the 5-star Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete combines luxurious accommodation with award-winning cuisine and a state-of-the-art spa. It includes infinity pools, a water sports centre and 2 tennis courts.
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18 Elounda Heights
Elounda - Main StreetExtra sanitary measures
9.6,0Exceptional 410 reviews
Overlooking Mirabello Bay and the beautiful Venetian castle on the island of Spinalonga, the adults-only Elounda Heights offer an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. Self-catered rooms feature private balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea and mountains.
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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos in the evening

Agios Nikolaos, located in the easternmost province of Crete, is a picturesque village characterized by small taverns, traditional restaurants and local craft stores.

In addition to having beautiful beaches nearby, the town is famous for Lake Voulismeni, which is connected directly to the sea by a canal. A perfect destination for couples or families looking for tranquility, who can find different types of accommodations here according to different needs. From the port of Agios Nikolaos, moreover, it is possible to leave by boat to visit the historical island of Spinalonga.

Recommended Hotels in Agios Nikolaos

19 Miramare Resort & Spa
Agios Nikolaos - GargadorosExtra sanitary measures
8.2,0Very good 934 reviews
Built on the panoramic slopes above the seafront, the Miramare is a hotel and bungalows complex situated at the peaceful Gargadoros. It features an indoor pool and 3 outdoor pools.
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20 Kitro Hotel
Agios Nikolaos - N.Pagalou 3
8.5,0Fabulous 561 reviews
Kitro Hotel is a city, beachfront, couples-oriented hotel located right above the quiet and clean Kitroplatia beach, 200 metres from the town centre of Agios Nikolaos. The hotel is conveniently located 59 km away from Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport and 12 km from the cosmopolitan Elounda Resort.
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21 Ammoudara Beach Hotel Apartments
Agios Nikolaos - AmmoudaraExtra sanitary measures
7.8,0Good 548 reviews
Ammoudara Beach Hotel Apartments is located right on the beachfront of the Blue Flag Ammoudara Beach, 3 km from Agios Nikolaos. Within the premises guests will find a swimming pool, restaurant, and coffee-bar.
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